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Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Epilogue
Appendices
Table of Illustrations
Index
community organizations
1  Richmond Hill Council
2  Richmond Hill Public Library
Richmond Hill
1  Richmond Hill's Lacrosse
2   of Age in Richmond Hill
3   Women Who Shaped Late-Ninetenth-Century Richmond Hill
4   of the waterworks in 1921 inspired a Richmond Hill bard to send this bit of doggerel in to the
5   Kites on Richmond's Hill
6  Richmond Hill's Earliest
7   Days in Richmond Hill
8   Women of Richmond Hill
9   Richmond Hill to
10   Bloom in Richmond Hill
11  Richmond Hill's One Hundredth Birthday:
12   of an old English folk song, "The Lass of Richmond Hill." So he reportedly taught each of his school
13  Richmond Hill's Fiftieth Birthday:
14   Life in Richmond Hill
15   Comes to Richmond Hill
16   Late Iroquoian Village in Richmond Hill
17   today, and its name is perpetuated in Richmond Hill itself by Carrville Road. Joseph
18  Richmond Hill Men Who Served in the First World
19   present infrastructure is in place. For Richmond Hill, that could be the end of the 1920s. By that
20   is somewhat arbitrary. The evolution of Richmond Hill certainly did not cease in the decade of the
21   themes and issues that will dominate Richmond Hill life in subsequent decades. How did the
22   Ridges of the 1920s? Is the enlarged Richmond Hill of today one community or many
23   Days in Richmond Hill: A History of the Community to 1930 tells
24   two-hundred-year-old main street of Richmond Hill. GO Bus shelters of the 1990s are transformed
25  Richmond Hill residents of the early nineteenth century
26   has left its mark on the history of Richmond Hill. In fact, without the highway, there would
27   Population figures rise annually on the Richmond Hill town limits sign near Langstaff Road.
28   spires that dominated the village of Richmond Hill in the latter years of the nineteenth century
29   traffic slows through the core of old Richmond Hill, we are surrounded by more reminders of former
30   quite separate from its southern neighbour, Richmond Hill.
31   changes. Here, in the northern half of Richmond Hill, development thins and vistas of the
32   Bloomington Road the highway leaves Richmond Hill's town limits, enters the Town of Aurora,
33   Street has been the spinal cord of Richmond Hill. The community's pioneer settlers struggled up
34   Story, McGraw-Hill Ryerson The road through Richmond Hill was initially planned for military and
35   for the future community of Richmond Hill, the most decisive leg of Simcoe's
36   role in Richmond Hill's history was brief but significant. His
37   in Richmond Hill history as a builder of Yonge Street and
38   into early settlement activity in the Richmond Hill area.
39   through the core of present-day Richmond Hill, although he made no comments about individual
40   and entering the present town limits of Richmond Hill, Jones
41   drive, an important element of Richmond Hill's history has scarcely been noted - native
42   - the spinal cord of the Europeans' Richmond Hill - for a closer look at the woodland trails
43   Metropolitan Railway, southbound through Richmond Hill, with the Trench Carriage Works
44   half a century of failed efforts, Richmond Hill finally had its railway. The line had been
45   show their gratitude, Richmond Hill residents entertained railway officials and
46   electric service to Richmond Hill began on February 1. The company offered four
47   Metropolitan brought instant change to Richmond Hill. Thompson's stagecoach went out of business as
48   running," predicted the Toronto World, Richmond Hill "will assume more the character of a suburb
49   Richmond Hill proved merely a temporary northern terminus
50   north. To prepare for service beyond Richmond Hill, the Metropolitan Railway in 1899 built
51   of being bypassed by the steam railway, Richmond Hill now welcomed the interurban electric line as
52   dominated Yonge Street through Richmond Hill. The road was constructed to a standard
53   at places like Hogg's Hollow. Even in Richmond Hill, the line encountered a steep northbound grade
54   hour. 10 The radial era had come to Richmond Hill.
55   (about ten miles) farther north, to Richmond Hill.
56   along Yonge Street - one crew at Richmond Hill, a second at Thornhill, and a third at
57   crew encountered some heavy going near Richmond Hill, where special ploughs were employed to clear
58   of Yonge Street, from the Richmond Hill bakery to beyond St. Mary Immaculate
59   Bay) to survey the line so as to touch at Richmond Hill, he was on the first deputation appointed by
60   Many of the prominent citizens at Richmond Hill showed their interest in the railroad by
61   a little of Scarboro, not forgetting Richmond Hill.
62   Canadian National line through Richmond Hill.
63   view of Richmond Hill, 1919. National Archives of Canada PA 22796
64   Mackenzie. But that mattered little to Richmond Hill. The important point was that steam was
65   this steam line captured most of the Richmond Hill-to-Toronto freight business from the electric
66   Yonge Street and the centre of Richmond Hill, the steam railway helped open up the east
67   the early years of Richmond Hill's steam railway, however, the Canadian
68   about halfway between the centre of old Richmond Hill and the community of Gormley - where the
69   Stouffville Road and within today's Richmond Hill.
70   stops within the boundaries of present-day Richmond Hill were:
71   avenues Stop 23 Lot 40 Stop 24 Mill Road Stop 25 Richmond Hill (Lorne Avenue) Stop 26 Richmond Hill
72   and Langstaff. Soon, the spires of Richmond Hill's churches come into
73  Richmond Hill, the Metropolitan Railway Guide Book and Time
74   Guide Book singles out the following Richmond Hill attractions: a "well-equipped Fire
75   of Richmond Hill and Elgin Mills, the "well-tilled lands
76   half. A ninth early morning run served the Richmond Hill-Toronto commuter
77   heavy grades between Toronto and Richmond Hill, at a speed varying from 6 to 12 miles
78   Richmond Hill Hardware Company welcomes the arrival of
79   Richmond Hill's decision to obtain power from the
80   was installed there in the late 1880s. Richmond Hill's first telephone exchange was established at
81   the first electric lighting recorded in Richmond Hill. That August, as a public relations gesture,
82   was workable, but as so often happened in Richmond Hill's municipal life, it took a while for the
83   30, electric streetlights came on in Richmond Hill. Savage's furniture store ("The People's
84   first milk delivery business in the area. Richmond Hill had caught up with the rest of urban Ontario,
85   to induce industries to locate in Richmond Hill. In keeping with tradition, however, little
86   Reunion. Otherwise, it was an all-male Richmond Hill that captured public attention on that first
87   Richmond Hill of 1911 had the image of a "village that
88   church parade, June 13, 1915. In Richmond Hill as in communities throughout the country,
89   1858-1943 Clerk of the Village of Richmond Hill But the war's greatest impact was, of course, the
90   the idea of erecting a memorial to Richmond Hill men killed in the war. Community residents
91   P.G. Savage family of Richmond Hill, pictured in 1909. Left to right are
92   view of Richmond Hill's greenhouses in the 1930s, looking west from
93   made the village famous and became Richmond Hill's major employer. By 1939, the industry was
94   time of Graham's death in 1924, Richmond Hill was a village rejuvenated.
95   prosper,it became a more distinct part of Richmond Hill's identity, and was eventually written into the
96   Palmer's farm on the east side of Richmond Hill. There, on the village's sunny eastern slope,
97   completed, Lawrence's Richmond Hill operation included five greenhouse buildings,
98   not rosy for William Lawrence in Richmond Hill. In January 1913, a section of the roof of his
99   contributions to Richmond Hill had extended beyond his own business. Not
100   the men of Richmond Hill used the new Horticultural Society to
101   its monthly programs, the Richmond Hill branch supported the "Votes for Women"
102   formal public networks available to Richmond Hill women were their various church groups. But
103   on the sale of intoxicating liquors - did Richmond Hill women find a forum with the potential to
104   major vehicle for women's interests in Richmond Hill. From the founding of the first WI in Stoney
105   be forgotten by the residents of Richmond Hill, but will be treasured in their hearts as an
106   (to the left) from the midday sun. When Richmond Hill's old-timers gathered for the municipality's
107   and hockey fever hit the village. Richmond Hill teams played in the Metropolitan
108   all Richmond Hill's new structures, the recently completed
109   by the 1920s. The new generation of Richmond Hill youth and adults wanted a more comfortable
110   Langstaff recalled what it was like to own Richmond Hill's first automobile back in the year
111   iron rails which carried trains through Richmond Hill between York Mills and
112   Jefferson Post Office between Richmond Hill and Oak Ridges. They recorded an average
113   Yonge Street through Richmond Hill in 1927. Department of Public Highways of
114   looked more like the northern end of Richmond Hill than a separate hamlet. Oak Ridges was
115   increased mobility of the 1920s brought Richmond Hill and its neighbouring hamlets closer to the
116   horseless carriage to pass through Richmond Hill, and in 1902 Dr. Rolph Langstaff
117   Garnet H. Duncan as magistrate for Richmond Hill's first traffic
118   pavement was laid from Toronto north to Richmond Hill, replacing the old nineteenth-century
119   to end radial service on Yonge Street. Richmond Hill and other communities along the line mounted
120   of Yonge Street that ran from Richmond Hill south to the Toronto city limits. The
121   years. Hourly service continued between Richmond Hill and Toronto, half-hourly in peak periods. The
122   of the Incorporation of the Village of Richmond Hill and the reunion of Old Boys and
123   opinion is freely expressed that Richmond Hill now has a building that is a credit to the
124   highly visible structures that marked Richmond Hill's transformation from a sleepy
125   Street. Half a century earlier, Richmond Hill had boasted the only high school between
126   Richmond Hill residents gathered in front of the
127   chosen to lead the parade that launched Richmond Hill's fiftieth anniversary of incorporation and the
128   no taste treat. During her first visits to Richmond Hill in the early 1920s, community historian
129   1924, for example, Dr. Wilson warned Richmond Hill residents that village water was unsafe for
130   Dr. Wilson set up practice in Richmond Hill in the fall of 1918, during the bad
131   concern through the 1920s. Of the 1316 Richmond Hill, Markham Township, and Markham Village school
132   back fences and around dinner tables in Richmond Hill through the 1920s. Yet in each case, the
133   industry still providing a major impetus, Richmond Hill continued to grow during the 1920s.
134   Glasgow, Scotland, in 1858, Hume arrived in Richmond Hill in 1879, where he established a tailoring
135   the rose growers came to the rescue of Richmond Hill.
136   Ontario, and likely through today's Richmond Hill, sometime between 9000 and 7000 B.C., after
137   had located fourteen sites within Richmond Hill as having Archaic-period
138   into the Early Iroquoian period of Richmond Hill's prehistory. The Iroquoian peoples
139   earliest Iroquoian site (A.D. 1280-1320) in Richmond Hill documented by archaeologists is situated on
140   that Palaeo-Indians were in Richmond Hill at one
141   of Richmond Hill, showing the Oak Ridges Moraine
142   artifact within the town of Richmond Hill - although the more recently explored
143   moved through southern Ontario and the Richmond Hill area. They relied on a more diversified
144   of Richmond Hill. Archaeological Services Inc. The area was
145   area. These Iroquoians inhabited the entire Richmond Hill area during the fifteenth and sixteenth
146   century of Late Iroquoian occupation in Richmond Hill. 17
147   18 Yet Iroquoian occupation of the Richmond Hill area ended in approximately 1550 A.D. It
148  Richmond Hill's best documented Late Iroquoian village -
149   is only one of several Richmond Hill Late Iroquoian villages dating from the years
150   the larger story of Iroquoian occupation of Richmond Hill. Born in Scotland in 1842, he immigrated to
151   as if the link between twentieth-century Richmond Hill and its native Indian past was
152   amateur archaeologist and resident of Richmond Hill, began a series of recorded visits to the
153   project. Support came from the Town of Richmond Hill, the Local Architectural Conservation
154   of the Late Iroquoian occupation of Richmond Hill.
155   the Mississauga Indians alone controlled Richmond Hill, the entire York Region, and in effect what is
156   the Peterborough and Niagara areas, leaving Richmond Hill and the Toronto Purchase to their European
157   to the head of the Bay of Quinte. For Richmond Hill, the most important transaction began in
158   Street within the boundaries of modern Richmond Hill, Balsar and Katharine Munshaw probably
159   the heart of the future village of Richmond Hill. North of the Shaw property on the east side
160   settler in the Oak Ridges area of Richmond Hill, Bond spent most of his time in York,
161   of 1794. They passed beyond the present Richmond Hill town centre and camped along a tributary
162   the future community of Richmond Hill faced particular disadvantages compared to
163   Founding of Richmond Hill." Unveiling of an historical plaque in front
164   them outside the boundaries of modern-day Richmond Hill, several of their children would later play
165   was too brief for them to be called Richmond Hill's first settlers, the John Stooks family
166   year of the eighteenth century, a pioneer Richmond Hill family stands in front of their cabin,
167   thank you very much, as the pioneers of Richmond Hill.
168   friends from New York who came to the Richmond Hill area two years earlier. Today, we have walked
169  Richmond Hill's early European settlement was not confined to
170   of the southeastern part of present-day Richmond Hill. Among them, according to Berczy's
171   Street in the southeastern part of Richmond Hill, and along the fourth, fifth, and sixth
172   for themselves and their descendants in Richmond Hill's history. Unfortunately, a lack of such
173   Henry, who played a role in Richmond Hill's history in later years. As a young man,
174   a community nucleus - the future village of Richmond Hill.
175   Drive north through the core of modern Richmond Hill. The hamlet was named after the father-and-son
176   important for the future development of Richmond Hill was the tavern Miles opened at the
177   Abner's status as the "father" of Richmond Hill. The marriages of his daughters Hannah
178   tranquil existence of a country squire. For Richmond Hill, the move proved crucial: the Miles
179   before travelling north to their land at Richmond Hill - and quickly became a focal point for
180   Carrville Road in the 1820s. The Richmond Hill Historical Society leases Burr House from
181   Jenkins, Presbyterian minister at Richmond Hill from 1817 to 1843, as drawn by A.J. Clark
182   walked all the way from Caledon East to Richmond Hill - a six-day round trip - just to have
183   But he continued preaching at Richmond Hill until two weeks before his death on September
184   known in later years as the "Pride of Richmond Hill." The official history of the Richmond
185   over to another preacher and made Richmond Hill the centre of his activities. But that did
186   name was replaced by a new label - Richmond Hill. Perhaps James Miles had done
187   Barnard, first school teacher in Richmond Hill; tombstone in Richmond Hill
188   separate versions of the origin of Richmond Hill's name, or is there a link between the two? Did
189   Ontario Land Surveyors And which "English" Richmond Hill provided the inspiration? Barnard's
190   Elgin Mills Road had a new name - Richmond Hill. That name would be confirmed in future years
191   and in mid-July he made a stopover at Richmond Hill. According to tradition, the Governor General
192   name lingered on at Richmond Hill, as place-name authorities continually assure
193   change of name from Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill. National Archives of Canada, C-8997 Yet
194   on Geographic Names, another explanation of Richmond Hill's name has long endured. This alternate account
195  Richmond Hill's first schoolhouse. First, the
196   two miles up the Street to the top of Richmond Hill." There they found a "little centre of
197   Gapper was impressed with the speed of Richmond Hill's advance towards becoming a more mature
198   4 Land values rose throughout the Richmond Hill area, especially along Yonge Street
199   side of Yonge Street just north of Richmond Hill. Sometime in 1836, Captain Larratt
200   impressed travellers who passed through Richmond Hill during the 1830s. Journeying along "a very
201   between these two groups helped divide Richmond Hill's population along political lines into parties
202   ridings included parts of present-day Richmond Hill: the First Riding (Vaughan and King
203   men coming down Yonge Street through Richmond Hill broke into smaller groups and hid their arms
204   district including present-day Richmond Hill and all of York, together with
205   at Mrs. O'Hearne's Tavern in Richmond Hill to nominate Mackenzie and
206   candidates. Such was a typical Richmond Hill political meeting in the years preceding the
207   Sinclair assumed his duties as Richmond Hill's first postmaster on January 6, 1836. He
208   office was most significant in Richmond Hill's evolution from pioneer hamlet to settled
209   west side of Yonge Street, just north of Richmond Hill village. Stewart was a retired British naval
210   of about 75 passed me, going towards Richmond Hill," Stewart recounted. "It immediately occurred
211   Yonge Street, a rallying point for Richmond Hill loyalists on December 4, 1837. National
212   main band of rebels in the centre of Richmond Hill.
213   War of 1812 and prominent member of the Richmond Hill community, who accompanied Colonel
214   were the rebels of Richmond Hill? What sort of men answered Mackenzie's
215   on twenty-three known loyalists from the Richmond Hill area. Some of these names are familiar:
216   Stagg found the loyalists of Richmond Hill to be older (at least four were known to be
217   Jenkins, the religious patriarch of Richmond Hill for so many years? What was his position in
218   Tavern and made his way home to Richmond Hill. On Thursday, December 7 - perhaps after
219   William Jenkins: Jenkins continued as Richmond Hill's Presbyterian preacher until his death in 1843.
220   to enjoy prominent status in the village of Richmond Hill. Earlier, he had built a two-storey log
221   October 15, 1838, a meeting was held in Richmond Hill where the farmers and settlers of
222   had been many rebel sympathizers in the Richmond Hill area, the Tories maintained control of
223   Miller was an eleven-year-old Richmond Hill schoolboy in December 1837. He heard shots
224   racing action at the annual Richmond Hill Spring Fair. Richmond Hill proved a
225   by a publicly administered system. Richmond Hill's children moved from their old log school
226  Richmond Hill Public School, opened in 1847, pictured in
227   But Smith also found Richmond Hill a challenge as he collected details for his
228   more predictable communities, leaving Richmond Hill to its own peculiar existence. Had either
229   was a busy community. By 1851, Richmond Hill boasted eight storekeepers, five innkeepers,
230   enjoy itself. Everyone turned out for Richmond Hill's first spring fair, sponsored by the
231  Richmond Hill Methodist Church, dedicated on July 1,
232   James Dick, minister of the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 1847-1877. Village
233   of Thomas Kinnear, victim of Richmond Hill's most celebrated murder case in July 1843.
234   Dalby's Tavern), a mainstay of Richmond Hill's nineteenth-century hospitality industry.
235  Richmond Hill was ideally situated to serve this Yonge
236   Raymond's Tavern on Lot 49 West in Richmond Hill was a regular stop for the mail stage
237   structure in the village. It was also Richmond Hill's only early inn known to continue in operation
238   Jr. By mid-century, the fortunes of Richmond Hill's hotels were linked with the prosperity of
239   of travellers, stagecoach operators, and Richmond Hill hotelkeepers. Macadamization was pushed north
240   its line six kilometres to the west of Richmond Hill, bypassing the village and disrupting the
241   Richmond Hill did survive. Because the "Richmond
242   before, ownership of the Richmond Hill-to-Toronto stagecoach line changed hands
243   Thompson's Richmond Hill-to-Toronto stagecoach, 1880-1896. After that,
244   Richmond Hill itself, however, the stagecoach days had
245   Although the station was officially named "Richmond Hill," it lay six kilometres (about four miles) west
246   connections between Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Kleinburg, and the new
247   "Bus Line" ran stagecoaches between Richmond Hill and Toronto in 1876, despite competition
248   of stations at Weston, Thornhill (Concord), Richmond Hill (Maple), and Machell's Corners (Aurora).
249   turned out to see the novel sight. At Richmond Hill, they walked or rode their horses or drove
250   new train service turned to gloom at Richmond Hill. The surveyors and engineers had run the line
251   itself did not suffer for bypassing Richmond Hill, for it was able to tap the rich commerce that
252   was housed in the store from 1900 onwards. Richmond Hill survived the railway bypass in part because
253   the heart of old Richmond Hill - but within or at the margin of the town's
254   of Richmond Hill, along or to the west of today's Bathurst
255   was very closely linked with Richmond Hill. Business generated by Patterson
256   and would eventually cripple much of Richmond Hill's hotel
257   these smaller communities, plus Richmond Hill itself, drew much of their strength from the
258   short, the news from Richmond Hill's neighbouring regions seemed entirely
259   dispensed medicine in Richmond Hill from 1849 to 1973. Two sideroads south of
260   for travellers on the road between Richmond Hill and Toronto. The tollhouse and gate stood on
261   Corners with eighteenth-century Richmond Hill, then the Langstaff family itself linked
262   on the right. Just one sideroad north of Richmond Hill, where Elgin Mills Road today intersects
263   corner. It was a major employer of Richmond Hill labour in the later decades of the
264   oldest church edifice in present-day Richmond Hill.
265   century, Oak Ridges would become Richmond Hill's major northern commercial and residential
266   from a map prepared by Ruth Reaman. East of Richmond Hill, on present-day Leslie Street just
267   townships proved a mixed blessing to a Richmond Hill still struggling to establish its own civic
268   again, the Richmond Hill petitioners were defeated. While the proposed
269   ideal, and it was third time lucky for Richmond Hill. A petition signed by nearly every ratepayer
270   for the York Herald, touting Richmond Hill as the ideal community of York County.
271   of Richmond Hill in 1878. Ted Chirnside, Richmond
272  Richmond Hill and vicinity in 1878. Local
273   and attentions away from the core of the Richmond Hill community. Any Vaughan council
274   such divided loyalties, Richmond Hill thought of itself as a community and a number
275   government, and that could only happen in Richmond Hill if the settlement was incorporated as a
276   that supported the incorporation of Richmond Hill as a village. National Archives of Canada,
277   Trench Carriage Works was Richmond Hill's largest industrial establishment and most
278   and in 1857 set up his own business in Richmond Hill.
279   Trench Carriage Works, Richmond Hill's largest employer during the 1870s. Trench's
280   in community life, serving as reeve of Richmond Hill from 1875 to 1879 and again in 1881-82. He
281   sampling of business cards from Richmond Hill, 1878. Bookplate and rules from the
282   were the occupations of the Richmond Hill men listed in Nason's 1871 County of
283   most Ontario villages of the period, Richmond Hill supported a variety of professions and
284   less structured view of Richmond Hill in the early 1870s is provided by Fred
285   their tools and put away their aprons, Richmond Hill offered a variety of organized leisure
286   of the newly incorporated village of Richmond Hill went to the polls to elect their first
287   Law solicits votes for reeve in Richmond Hill's first municipal election. The five
288   in the newly incorporated village of Richmond Hill in 1873. C.W. Jefferys, The Picture
289   Law, first reeve of Richmond Hill, 1873. " Richmond Villa," home
290  Richmond Hill residents interpreted that move as showing an
291   William Harrison was Richmond Hill's second reeve in 1874. In spite of decisions
292   William Harrison in 1889, Richmond Hill council had laid sidewalks along principal
293   the first civic elections. He was elected Richmond Hill's second reeve in 1874, however, and during
294   was appointed postmaster of Richmond Hill on December 3, 1850, and for the next
295   years later young Mr. Law moved to Richmond Hill, where he established himself as a general
296   established a medical practice in Richmond Hill a few years later. Through his skill as a
297   (about two miles) north of Richmond Hill. Nine months later, William's
298   brigade and was a founding member of the Richmond Hill Mechanics' Institute and Literary Society. He
299   of Sunday, April 15, 1866, while most Richmond Hill residents were worshipping in church, fire
300   which prospered for years to come as Richmond Hill residents continued to buy dry goods and
301   April 23, 1866, another fire threatened Richmond Hill. This blaze originated in the senior
302   third fire must have jolted Richmond Hill's reluctant donors into action, for by August,
303   and the company languished between fires. Richmond Hill was fortunate to escape any major blazes like
304   its incorporation as a village in 1873, Richmond Hill now had an official body that could provide
305   some measure of long-term stability in Richmond Hill's fire-fighting activity. The new company
306   in November 1857; this building erected in 1894. Richmond Hill's Roman Catholics lagged behind the
307   to St. Mary's parishioners, and to all Richmond Hill residents, the forty-five-year-old priest was
308   St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church. Richmond Hill's several churches offered more than Sunday
309   temperance and prohibition movements, Richmond Hill's hospitality industry was a mere shadow of its
310   the end of the 1890s, Richmond Hill's most definitive physical structures were
311   of this recent capital investment in Richmond Hill's spiritual properties - especially for the
312   dedication of a new organ at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church in 1915. Pictured left to
313   Church tower still dominates the skyline of Richmond Hill.
314   Reverend Robert Shanklin, Richmond Hill's Anglicans threatened to outdo the village's
315   fond of novel reading and flirting. Richmond Hill, rather pretty, very sociable, and somewhat
316   a number of young people from near Richmond Hill were returning home from a party in
317   thieves in Richmond Hill? Some evilly-disposed or miserable person went
318   Victoria Day, the 24th of May, was easily Richmond Hill's grandest secular holiday during the 1880s.
319   produced a severe economic shock for Richmond Hill. After losing both a major employer and a
320   loss, commercial activity in Richmond Hill remained relatively stable throughout the
321   of harvesting machinery ever witnessed in Richmond Hill," commented The Liberal, "and the feeling
322   three kilometres, or two miles, west of Richmond Hill. It was a major employer of village labour,
323   to Dundas, and eventually settled in Richmond Hill, where they operated out of the building that
324   to slip from us." 8 In June 1886, Richmond Hill village council offered a $10,000 bonus
325   Maxwell. (1805-1922). Richmond Hill's and Canada's oldest citizen at the time of
326   a while in Toronto, then settled in Richmond Hill.
327   James Langstaff provided a link with Richmond Hill's earliest beginnings as a community. Born
328   Thomas Franklin McMahon arrived in Richmond Hill in 1878 as principal of the Public
329   became the sole newspaper of Richmond Hill. For more than forty years, until his death
330   just about everything that went on in Richmond Hill.
331   June 4, 1885, Richmond Hill's "Young Canadians" lacrosse team trounced
332   Young Canadians, Richmond Hill's championship lacrosse team of the 1880s.
333   reminded of the existence of a place called Richmond Hill."
334   was located on the north end of this building. Richmond Hill's municipal council reflected the settled pace
335   Even before Victoria's death, however, Richmond Hill had glimpsed aspects of the faster-paced
336   of Richmond Hill's leading business and professional men sat on
337   successive councils responded to Richmond Hill's needs through the last two decades of the old
338   of the municipal building of the Town of Richmond Hill. Certificate showing that Gertrude
339   local government continued to shape life in Richmond Hill. Shortly after four o'clock in the afternoon
340   Victoria had been a pervasive spirit in Richmond Hill for as long as most residents could remember.
341   as Queen and Empress, residents of Richmond Hill grieved her death and mourned the passing of

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